Coding for Kids-A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Teacher guide for teaching elementary school children how to code a story they wrote.
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Students/teachers will learn how to code a written story and apply this in their classrooms.
Students/teachers will feel comfortable with coding.
Implement coding during Writing in their classroom.


  • A reliable internet connection and a computer.


Coding Curriculum: Upper Elementary School

Project #1: Writing and Coding

Writing Code for a Written Story

These coding skills will allow students to bring their written stories to life.

For each session I recommend a 5 minute mini-lesson introducing the new skills (I Do) followed by students demonstrating the skills using a SMART board or projector while you are with them on the carpet for 3-5 minutes (We Do) and ending with 30 minutes of the children working in pairs or independently (You Do) while you circulate and assist. I recommend placing a check next to skills once a student has demonstrated mastery. This will help you assess which students need small-group instruction.

Who this course is for:

  • Teachers, Parents, Students, Educators, Anyone Interested in Coding for Kids.


Jim Gribble
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I have served as an elementary school teacher for 8 years in public, public/charter and private schools. I grew up in small towns all over the U.S.A. I moved from London, UK to San Francisco, CA, my 20th move, to teach students how to write, type and code their own innovative stories and video games at a school started by the Chief Scientist of Twitter. I wrote the Scratch coding curriculum from scratch and led professional development on elementary school coding with teachers.

My students created Rube Goldberg machines and used design thinking to create new products. My students put on an art sale for Action Against Hunger and learned about hunger issues facing children around the world. They coded an advertisement for this which was broadcast to the whole school and they sold out in 15 minutes.

I am pursuing a Ph.D programs in education and started a tutoring service focused on teaching children how to code stories and video games. I enjoy traveling, boogie boarding and reading in my free time.

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